Indulge in a Puerto Rican Parranda, a festive dinner featuring cultural favorites. Head out for brunch, shopping and photos with Santa; four-legged friends will also be welcomed with a special doggie mingle. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time.
Thursday, Nov. 29: Kick off the holiday season by watching the lighting of a Christmas tree on a rooftop, sipping on hot cocoa, nibbling on homemade cookies and enjoying a live performance by the Georgia Boy Choir at Murphy’s beginning at 5:30 p.m. Santa will also be on-site and guests with their own cameras can take complimentary photos.
997 Virginia Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-872-0904, murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com.
Thursday, Nov. 29: Swing into the holiday spirit with a traditional Puerto Rican Parranda, complete with cultural dishes such as gandules y lechon, pasteles, yuca fritters, cuajitos and gandinga; drinks; and Christmas carols with traditional instruments beginning at 6:30 p.m. at El Super Pan at The Battery. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.
455 Legends Pl., Atlanta. 404-521-6500, elsuperpan.com/the-battery.
Friday, Nov. 30: Head to Alpharetta for a special five-course dinner featuring charcuterie with duck prosciutto, spiced lamb ribs and lobster steamed buns all paired with whiskey from Japan’s Suntory to Atlanta’s ASW Distillery beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Ray’s at Killer Creek. A seat at the table will be $85 and reservations, which are required, can be made by calling the restaurant.
1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770-649-0064, raysrestaurants.com/raysatkillercreek.
Sunday, Dec. 2: Enjoy brunch faves, a hot chocolate bar, photos with Santa and local vendors selling an assortment of gifts from noon to 4 p.m. at Hampton + Hudson’s holiday market. Beginning at 3 p.m., four-legged friends are invited to a doggie mingle where they can take photos with Santa Claws. Proceeds from purchases of the Puppy Love cocktail will be donated to charity.
299 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-948-2123, hamptonandhudson.com.
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